Palmer residents have an opportunity to restore conservative majority on city council


    Starting July 19, Palmer residents will have an opportunity to file for a spot on the city council.

    Palmer City Councilwoman Julie Berberich

    Liberal progressives currently enjoy a slim 4-3 advantage on the council after Linda Combs narrowly lost her seat to Brian Daniels last year.

    Two seats are up for grabs in the upcoming Oct. 5 election. These include the spot held by Julie Berberich, who consistently sides with the liberal majority, and the seat held by Steve Carrington – a solid conservative voice on the council.

    Since taking control of the council last year, the progressive block has expressed support for defunding police, mandating masks and expanding mail-in voting, similar to what Anchorage currently has. These ideas have inspired strong community push back, including rallies outside the council chambers and long hours of packed and emotional public testimony.

    If Berberich is replaced with a conservative council member and Carrington retains his seat, conservatives will once again enjoy a narrow 4-3 majority.

    Area residents interested in running for office can begin the process on July 19. The filing deadline ends July 30.

    For starters, candidates must gather at least 20 signatures from registered City of Palmer voters who support their run for office. A checklist of every step needed in filing for office can be viewed here.

    For additional information, contact the city clerk’s office at 761-1301.

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    Joel Davidson
    Joel Davidson
    Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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    1. Conservatives love, honor and defend the US Constitutional rights. They are the only ones we should have as public servants at this time in history.

    2. Not going to happen. Conservatives are moving to more red areas and the vacuum is being filled with hipster socialists. Palmer used to be pretty conservative area, that is changing. Even the DA is a communist.

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